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Old May 9th, 2007, 03:11 PM
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
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I washed my truck again today with the lazy man's water/AP mix and I'm stunned how good the results are using this method. The truck looks waxed.

I found out today that the water/AP is also nice for claying the truck. I clayed my truck in my usual fashion with the truck wet with water. The clay bar is smoother on the paint than after cleaning with water/soap.

I also found a new cleaning technique for tires. You know how your spare tire gets brownish from the old Armor All on it? I used a Scotchbrite pad on the sidewalls and it worked really well. The sidewalls are now black. The Scotchbrite pad is aggressive enough to remove the oxidized rubber but not aggressive enough to leave sanding marks on the tires. All of my tires looks great now. They're nice and black but without that glossy Armor All look to them. This Scotchbrite pad is the second best tire cleaning method I've used. The best method was driving around on the dunes. The tires come out jet black after a day on the dunes.
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 08:13 PM
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You know how your spare tire gets brownish from the old Armor All on it?

You Armor All your tires?
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 10:38 PM
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http://www.autobarn.net/ch550r.html

Bleche Wite is the best method I've found to clean tires. Spray on & rinse off.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Can't say I would ever use Armor All in the first place as it dries out tires, but on my work vehicles, I use the Purple Power stuff from Wal-Mart to clean the tires and brake dust from the wheels. I just mix it 50/50 with water in a spray bottle. I like to spray all four tires fist, and let is soak. Even if it dried on the tires/rims, it's ok. Then, re-apply when you're ready to clean that wheel. I then clean the wheel and tire with a stiff brush, almost like a toilet bowl or kitchen sink brush. It works pretty well.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I too use purple power on the tires its awesome.

I mix purple power 1 gallon+1 gallon water into a garden sprayer that you pump up.



I then take the truck to the coin op car wash because I dont want everything staining the driveway. I walk around the car and spray down everything rubber, like the tires, trim and windows with the purple power spray.

Next I go under the front where the oil leaks are never ending. I douse the entire area and give it about 3 minutes to soak in. Then power wash the truck and use the foaming brush.

I rinse off the rubber areas and undercarriage last and then head home to do the detailed hand washing and any waxing i might need.

your tires will be super dry and will love the armor all or similar tire dressing. I use the tire foam stuff that you spray and forget.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 06:29 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by traveltoad
You Armor All your tires?

I do.

I do other stuff as well.

Today I fixed my truck's faulty dome light.

Then I changed the crankcase and gearbox fluids.

Then I unclogged my front axle breather.

Then I changed the brake pads.

Then I rotated the tires.

Then I cleaned my truck's interior.

I finished everything off with a few quick swipes with a California duster on the truck's exterior. I love how the dust falls off after an AP job.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 06:47 PM
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What do you guys do about fingerprints ?

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Old June 3rd, 2007, 07:01 PM
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Nice.

I love dealer events:



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Old June 3rd, 2007, 08:23 PM
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I do.

Doesn't Armor All just make dirt stick to the tires?
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 10:31 PM
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http://www.autobarn.net/ch550r.html

Bleche Wite is the best method I've found to clean tires. Spray on & rinse off.

Be careful with that stuff...it will take the clear coat off your wheels. I managed to do it to my 96 D1.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 11:28 PM
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Shooting pictures of ladies when they are not looking is creepy.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 06:02 PM
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I don't know. I think the circumstances come into play.

That blonde in the black dress was at grand opening of Land Rover Cerritos. She was there professionally. She was hired to look good and to chat it up with people:




She was showing off Chopard watches. She was posing galore with different people that night too. I tried to get a better shot of her, but the place was packed because it was raining outside that night.

Now, I can see what you mean if you go around sneaking pics like these with your camera phone:







Now that's some really creepy shit. (Although those pics are getting me hot.)
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Old June 4th, 2007, 07:01 PM
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Shooting pictures of ladies when they are not looking is creepy.

You mean like this?

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/rr7/rr7005%20190.jpg
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Old June 19th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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For those who just can't get enough AP:


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Old July 7th, 2007, 08:06 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by traveltoad
Doesn't Armor All just make dirt stick to the tires?

Yes. And makes them hard and scaly.

I use Eagle One. They make several different gloss finishes; I have the High Gloss. It's pretty glossy. It looks good on the Cadillacs, but on the Rover, I like to let it dry for a minute and then wipe it down to dull the finish. It leaves the tire with a semi-gloss look. But, after it fully dries, the tire ends up looking really black and clean with a mat finish.

Here is a tire freshly sprayed:


Here is the same tire after a quick whip down:


Here is what I buy. The 5-gallon bucket lasts a really long time, too. I think this one is 4-years old or so.


Tami took it upon herself to clay bar my truck last week. I could not believe the results! What good paint I have left looks awesome. I've never used a clay bar before but I'm sold on them now. I'll be buying a few more to treat the other 6-cars we have here at work.


But still, there is not mush that can be done with the damaged clear-coat on the truck. They're two spots the clear-coat is really wrecked; on the top front half of the roof, and on the tops of the front fenders.



I spoke with a local body shop about what could be done, and he claimed the only thing to do it repaint. If he does everything, I'm looking at about $3,000.00; hardly worth it. But, if I remove all the lights, trim, tape the windows, etc.... I could almost get that figure down to half. Then, if I wanted to sand the truck, I could have new paint for about $900.00, which I think is reasonable. Still, in the end, all I've got to show for it is a 1997 Discovery.....I'll deal with it for now.

I had been prepping for a heated windshield from a 1995 Range Rover just before Tami shined my paint.



When she was doing the inside, by coincidence, the stock windshield cracked. Weird. So, I guess I had to speed up the process. I now have a heated windshield ready to pick-up. I still need the new gasket as the old one is really faded and nasty. So, this is my next project.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 09:57 AM
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I bet that if you removed the window tinting, the Disco would look sharper. that mismatching alpine window really bothers me.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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all that chit chat on discoweb about the heated windshield got me thinking that i had the plugs you took a picture above on my first (97 disco)

so i popped the hood on the 99 and they dont have the plugs there. I also need a new windshield and was thinking heated if i could swing it.

not sure what it would take to wire it up since those plus are not in existence. what's really weird is the 99 has heated seats and the 97 didn't...
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Old July 7th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hochung
I bet that if you removed the window tinting, the Disco would look sharper. that mismatching alpine window really bothers me.


Bothers me, too. I've got two extra alpines from Tillery here to replace the non-tinted ones. Just lazy. Like, really lazy.
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